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Family Dynamics - Strengthened with Might (14 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
This week, we are going to start the first part of a two-week discussion on family dynamics.
What does it mean to be strengthened with might (Eph. 3:16)? Paul is asking God to strengthen the Ephesians by the Spirit's power. He wants them to be so gripped by God's reality that they resolve to surrender all of their love to Jesus. He wants them to come to the understanding that Christ is all they need in order to live full, abundant lives in God's presence.
Paul's request - that we be ''strengthened with might in the inner man'' - is possible only through the presence of the Holy Spirit and trusting God with all our hearts.
Main Scripture: Ephesians 3:16-17a
EQUIP: Strengthened with might
Have your group read EPHESIANS 3:16-17 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.
Teaching Point 1: Families can impart identity and authority.
- In Genesis, God created man ''in His image.'' We have the DNA of our Father God, and as a result, we receive His nature and character.
- The family can help us learn to hear God's voice and respond to His Spirit (1 Sam. 3:1-10).
Has anyone ever told you that you look exactly like your mom or dad? If they are your biological parents, your answer is probably, ''Yes!'' As you know from science class, this is because you have their DNA - but that's not all there is to it. We are supposed to look like our mom and dad because God created us to look like Him! Children take after their parents as a reflection of how we take after our heavenly Father.
If, for some reason, you don't look like your parents physically, think about your interests and passions. It's possible that if your parents love certain hobbies or foods, you love them, too, because you identify with your parents' likes and dislikes.
In Genesis, God created man ''in His image.'' We have the DNA ...
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